Lauryn Hill Makes History As First Female MC To Go Diamond

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released in 1998. And features the singles “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor,” Nothing Even Matters,” featuring D’Angelo, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold close to $423k in the first week.

After selling 10 million copies of her only solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Former Fugees member Lauryn Hill makes history as the first female MC to go diamond.

The New Jersey neo-soul lyricist joins other legendary artists whose albums went diamond. Including Tupac Shakur’s “All Eyez on Me,” OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, The Notorious
B.I.G.’s Life After Death, Eminem’s “The Eminem Show,” and “The Marshall Mathers LP,” MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt Em,” and Nelly’s “Country Grammar.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16. The Recording Industry Association of America welcomed Lauryn Hill and her debut album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” into the diamond club. The RIAA shared the announcement on Twitter.

“Welcome to the RIAA Diamond Club @MsLaurynHill!#TheMiseducationofLaurynHill is now a (10X) certified album! @ColumbiaRecords #BlackHistoryMonth #RIAATopCertified,” the
tweet reads.

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released in 1998. And features the singles “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor,” Nothing Even Matters,” featuring D’Angelo, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold close to $423k in the first week. The Grammy award-winning album was nominated for ten awards and earned five awards. Including Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Doo Wop (That Thing).” In 2015 “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Lauryn Hill, 45, has appeared in the musical film Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit alongside Whoopi Goldberg. Hill is known for delivering the lead vocals for the remake of the 1973 classic, “Killing Me Softly.” Originally by singer Roberta Flack. The mother of six is also featured on the single “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)” by Queens rapper Nas.

Lauryn Hill’s timeless debut album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ is officially certified diamond, making her the first female rapper to accomplish this milestone! ? #BHM https://t.co/mjS1XOw1eV pic.twitter.com/6CWwwaBz1S

— Legacy Recordings (@SonyLegacyRecs) February 17, 2021

Author: Tamara Anderson
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.